Six IOP Fellows and head of EPSRC receive New Year Honours

2 January 2018

Six IOP Fellows and the Chief Executive of EPSRC have received awards in the 2018 New Year Honours, including Professor Pratibha Gai, who has been made a Dame for services to chemical sciences and technology.

Five IOP Fellows and head of EPSRC receive New Year Honours

Professor Gai, who is Professor and Chair of Electron Microscopy at the University of York, was awarded the Institute’s Gabor Medal and Prize in 2010 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016. She also received a L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science for Europe in 2013.

Dr William Stirling, lately Director-General of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and later Director of the Institut Laue-Langevin in France, has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to British science and international science collaboration.

Professor Michele Dougherty, Professor of Space Physics at Imperial College London, has been made a CBE for services to UK physical science research. Professor Dougherty received the Institute’s Chree Medal and Prize in 2007, the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society in 2008 and the Gold Medal in Geophysics of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2017. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012.

Dr Brian Bowsher, Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, has received an OBE for services to international and national metrology. He was Managing Director of the National Physical Laboratory in 2009–15 and previously held various roles as division head or director at the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

Michael Pipes, a former physics teacher, headteacher, school governor and member of the Ofsted school improvement team who served on the Institute’s Council in 1985–88, was awarded an MBE for services to education.

Dr Martin Seah, Emeritus Senior Fellow in Surface and Nanoanalysis at the National Physical Laboratory, has received an MBE for services to measurement science.

In addition, Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of services to UK engineering and science. 

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